The trajectory of Hurricane Irma is now clearer, which provides significant confidence in the following projections:
1) Strong bands of wind will start tonight at 9 p.m. It is advised that you cease travel in the region by this time.
2) Tropical storm force winds will begin at approximately 2 p.m. Tomorrow (Sunday) morning.
3) Hurricane force winds will begin at approximately 2 p.m. Tomorrow (Sunday), and continue through 2 a.m. Monday.
4) It is projected that it will be safe to go outdoors again at 12 noon on Monday. PLEASE wait to receive a message from us stating this prior to going outside.
In terms of local impact to Estero, the current projections are as follows:
1) At least 6 feet of storm surge will come to the Village area west of US 41, with at least 4 feet of storm surge expected in the area between US 41 and I-75.
2)The entire Village will experience rainfall of 13 inches.
Summary: Hurricane Irma is currently a category 3 storm, and is expected to reach category 4 status prior to landfall tomorrow. Given the storm’s path and strength, winds, surge, rainfall/flooding and tornadoes all represent significant threats to Southwest Florida. Please take all recommended and appropriate actions to protect yourselves during the hurricane winds and storm surge that follows.
PLEASE wait for a message from us giving the “all clear”. We will send this out as soon as the emergency operations center makes this call.